winnie said:hi emousecat and welcome toWR forums!
i'll try to give you an explanation though it's not so simple.
are you reading something regarding Pompei/Ercolano? if it is the case, i found a web site in which they illustrate vereiia osque:
vereiia is not a Latin word but an Osci one.
Osci were the ancient population that lived mostly in Campania (an Italian region south of Rome, its main centre now beeing Naples) prior Latins (Romans) conquered it.
the meaning of vereiia is: a place where public banquettes were kept, it referres to community meals based on age classes societies.